Homemade “Cheez-Its” – grain and dairy free with vegan option

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Love CHEEZ IT CRACKERS, but need a healthier option? These Homemade Cheez Its CRACKERS are gluten, grain, and dairy free and oh so yummy! Your favorite cracker from your childhood is healthy enough that you can eat the whole batch without guilt.

I almost can't believe that I get to share this with you today–a recipe for Homemade Cheez Its!

I just love it when I can remake a processed food into a healthier version, like my “Almond Joy®” Bars, homemade protein bars, powdered sugar substitute, sugar-free lemonade, homemade ketchup, and 5 ingredient salad dressing.

If you're like me, Cheez-Its® were one of the most addictive snacks of your childhood.  I can't think of a time that I sat down with a box of those without almost polishing off the entire box.

Or at least more than I should have (ahem).

Anyone else with me?

Hooray for Homemade Cheez Its!

Well, my CHEEZ-IT® days are over since I am gluten-free (and presently dairy-free due to an apparent food allergy), but thanks to Kate from Kate's Healthy Cupboard, I can have CHEEZ-IT®s again!

Well, sort of.

Homemade “Cheez-Its®” that are gluten-free, grain-free and even dairy-free, with a vegan option.

Now that's something to get excited about!

What is Nutritional Yeast

Have you heard about nutritional yeast?

It's a mystery to some but a staple for many — particularly for those who are vegans or are allergic to dairy.

It gives a really nice cheesy-nutty flavor to dishes, sans the milk.

We've used it in our home for years, since my son was born with a life-threatening milk allergy.  Until we found nutritional yeast, our son had never had cheese sauce, grilled cheese, pizza with cheese — anything like that.

Imagine how thrilled he was to have his first Dairy-free Grilled Cheese and “Cheeze” Sauce that he could dip things into.

He was the happiest Dairy-free camper that you can imagine.

And nutritional yeast doesn't feed candida, so if that is a concern (which it is for us), you should be fine eating it. However, there are some people with who seem to react to it due to the fact that their systems are so sensitized to yeast from the proliferation of yeast in their system.

Besides these Homemade Cheez Its, we have several favorite recipes using nutritional yeast:

Other Recipes Using Nutritional Yeast

5 Ingredient Salad Dressing – Our New Favorite  and
“Dorito®” Popcorn

and Kate (the author of this recipe) has a few tempting ones as well:

“Cheesy” Kale Chips and
Cashew Alfredo Sauce

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Healthy Snacks

When you are on a special diet, having healthy snacks around is one of the biggest challenges I have found.  It's fairly easy to pull off meals, but when the kids (or adults) are clamoring for something to eat, and the typical cheese sticks, crackers, cereal, cookies, and such aren't an option, you need to have easy to grab replacements.

These healthy crackers are a great solution to that problem.

These Homemade Cheez Its Crackers are so good – they'll satisfy your craving for crunchy cheesy goodness without the refined flours, grains, and even without dairy!


Love CHEEZ IT CRACKERS, but need a healthier option? These Homemade Cheez Its CRACKERS are gluten, grain, and dairy free and oh so yummy! Your favorite cracker from your childhood is healthy enough that you can eat the whole batch without guilt.

Homemade Cheez Its - grain and dairy free with vegan option

Homemade Cheez Its Crackers Made Healthier! With this grain & dairy-free version of your favorite childhood cracker, you can eat a bunch guilt-free!



  1. Combine flour, salt and yeast in a bowl
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg with the melted butter/oil and lemon juice
  3. Combine the wets with the dries and stir until dough forms
  4. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/8  inch thickness
  5. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough into desired cracker size (I use a ruler with a pizza slicer to get them straight and even) and sprinkle the top with more sea salt
  6. Slide the bottom piece of parchment and crackers onto a cookie sheet
  7. Bake at 350 from 12-15 minutes until golden
  8. The outer crackers will brown the fastest, remove those and continue to cook the remaining crackers


Recipe Notes

*Honeyville or Bob's Red Mill almond flour will work just fine for these crackers.


I used melted butter to make these a bit "creamier" tasting, but expeller pressed coconut oil will work for dairy-free option.

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What childhood snacks were your favorite?

Kate's Healthy Cupboard - a healthy cooking blog Kate Criswell is a Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Coach who loves spending time in the kitchen tweaking recipes to make them healthier yet still satisfying and delicious.  For more of her grain-free recipes and tips, visit Kate’s Healthy Cupboard at www.kateshealthycupboard.com.


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  1. I can’t wait to make these! I noticed there is a ? instead of how much thickness to roll it. Any advice on that?Thanks!!!

  2. Heather says:

    These are delicious! I can’t believe how much they taste like cheez-its!